Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$4,902,775-34%3,371-326$1,454$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,896,153-33%3,864-116$1,267$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$3,233,977-42%2,907--$1,112$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$2,971,425-35%3,14046$946$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,053,771-39%2,673--$768$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$1,863,620-32%3,2210$579$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$1,628,165-41%3,0030$542$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$1,555,441-27%2,894--$537$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,412,884-39%1,944-99$727$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,005,631-42%2,375-1059$423$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$945,880-37%1,768-752$535$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$284,738-41%733-529$388$203,937,5517Fox
2Get On Up$257,920-39%579-522$445$28,697,5854Universal
3Hercules (2014)$225,544-40%622-853$363$69,936,0925Paramount
4Step Up All In$211,808-32%948-1124$223$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
5A Most Wanted Man$209,934-48%433-211$485$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6What If$172,958-40%680-107$254$2,221,3093CBS Films
7Calvary$143,075-36%240110$596$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$136,122-39%353-24$386$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$116,413-31%28377$411$243,822,0629Paramount
10Earth to Echo$86,696-34%781627$111$38,034,5728Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$85,428-22%302261$283$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Purge: Anarchy$70,835-51%295-280$240$70,711,2456Universal
13And So It Goes$42,878-35%156-206$275$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$42,586-31%188-35$227$232,749,98714Fox
15Chef$37,220-45%105-17$354$29,517,27616Open Road
1622 Jump Street$36,497-56%135-37$270$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
17The Fault in Our Stars$35,522-39%185-21$192$124,431,13412Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$32,863-37%192-69$171$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
19Tammy$29,601-59%157-119$189$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
20Sex Tape$19,521-53%111-206$176$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jersey Boys$13,572-26%64-51$212$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
2Yves Saint Laurent$12,781-29%213$609$492,2159Weinstein Company
3The One I Love$10,675-52%8--$1,334$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
4Blended$10,304-33%66-45$156$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
5Godzilla (2014)$9,578-41%70-48$137$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
6Begin Again$9,390-42%39-23$241$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
7Rio 2$7,827-34%72-56$109$131,482,65220Fox
8America (2014)$6,505-30%7210$90$14,412,5829Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,322-45%28-14$226$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
10The Fluffy Movie$4,227-34%30-21$141$2,820,9395Open Road
11The Grand Seduction$3,341-54%19-6$176$3,366,79913eOne Films US
12Wish I Was Here$3,227-33%19-35$170$3,560,9456Focus
13Fed Up$76-38%2-3$38$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
14The LEGO Movie$57-62%7-8$8$257,749,64729Warner Bros.